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APR 2017

DAYSPA is the business resource for spa & wellness professionals! Each issue covers the latest in skin care, spa treatments, wellness services and management strategies.

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G r e e n G o a l s [24] • DAYSPA • april 2017 © GETTY IMAGES E ver since a "green" spa philosophy was pioneered by Mexico's Rancho La Puerta in the 1940s, the path to client and environmental wellness has been paved by passionate thought leaders who view sustainability as a responsibility rather than a trend. Along with eco-friendly spa practices, guests have also evolved to be more savvy, and connect their personal well-being with social and environmental health. "According to a 2013 American Lives marketing survey, there's a 90 percent overlap between wellness-oriented consumers and environmentally oriented consumers," says Rianna Riego, founder of spa consultancy fi rm Global SpaVantage and recent executive director of brand & wellness at Two Bunch Palms, California. "We need to fully commit to reform as a way of signaling our intention to tread as lightly as we can on this Earth." Exceptional spas establish sustainable practices that go beyond plastic recycling, paper reduction and the use of nontoxic products. The U.S. Green Building Council reports that LEED-certifi ed criteria can provide nearly 40 percent of the global climate change challenge through cost-effi cient and energy-saving green building design, construction, operation and maintenance. But that's just a part of the solution. As demonstrated by the following fi ve inspiring spas, there are endless innovative ways business owners can make signifi cant local and global impacts. Green Learn how the operators of fi ve properties around the country are forerunners in the environmentally friendly spa fi eld. by Vicki Arkoff Goals

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